WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

18 January 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
January 18, 2019

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, or any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

NEXT NEWSLETTER WILL BE PUBLISHED 1 FEBRUARY

Friday, 25 January is a student holiday and training day for the Career Center.

SAVE THE DATE – COLLEGE 101

6 February, 7 pm, WTW Auditorium – College is a match to be made – not a prize to be won.  A director of college admissions will help you understand what this means as well as understanding why it is about graduation, not admission.

INTERNSHIP / ENRICHMENT SPREADSHEET

TJ has shared their collection of enrichment and internship opportunities.  WTW Career Center Volunteers have checked and updated the information.  This spreadsheet is posted in the Document Resources folder of Naviance Student.

U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY SUMMER SEMINAR

1 - 6 June, 8 - 13 June, or 15 - 20 June, Annapolis, MD – Applications for USNA Summer Seminar are now open.  Current high school Juniors are eligible to apply.  Summer Seminar will introduce participants to life at the Academy as well as serve as a preliminary application to the Academy which participants will complete before or during their senior year if they choose to do so.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS.php#fndtn-panel1-Steps-ForCompleted applications are due 1 March.

DON’T FORGET

FAFSA COMPLETION CLINICS

FAFSA Completion Clinics are still available to give support with filing the FAFSA.  Families are urged to file six weeks before the earliest college deadline.  Visit https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3722.

**NEW!! COLLEGE/CAREER FAIRS

USA GAP YEAR FAIRS

February 2019, several locations in DC and VA - USA Gap Year Fairs will travel to 40 locations across the United States to connect students, parents, and educational professionals with gap year program representatives.  These fairs provide students with a broad exposure to gap year programs that emphasize experiential education and personal growth. Opportunities will be available for face to face conversations with gap year program providers, trip leaders, advisors, and gap year alumni.  Local fairs will be held on the following dates:

  • 5 February, 6 – 8:30 pm, Broad Run High School, Ashburn, VA
  • 6 February, 6 – 8:30 pm, George C. Marshall High School, Falls Church, VA
  • 7 February, 6 – 9 pm, Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, DC
For more information and to register for the fair, visit https://usagapyearfairs.org/fairs/.

**NEW!! SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

BLACK COLLEGE INSTITUTE AT VIRGINIA TECH

16-21 June or 23-28 June (Seniors), 30 June – 3 July (Juniors), Blacksburg, VA – Black College Institute is a summer, residential, academic leadership program for talented, high-achieving, and intellectually curious rising high school Juniors and Seniors.  Participants will engage with various academic disciplines within the context of African-American cultural experience, experience college life at Virginia Tech, participate in college admissions and financial aid workshops, complete a service project, and participate in team building activities.  The program is FREE, but students must provide their own transportation to and from Virginia Tech.  For more information and to apply, visit https://vt.edu/admissions/black-college-institute.htmlThe application deadline is 10 March.

THE COLOR OF JUSTICE

23 March, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Circuit Court of Fairfax County, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA – Sponsored by the Fairfax Bar Association, this event will provide an opportunity for 7th to 12th graders to learn about the American legal system as well as the challenges and rewards of a career in law.  Participants will have the chance to play the role of a juror in a mock trial presented by real attorneys and judges.  After reaching a verdict, student jurors will share observations in small groups and listen to a panel of judges discuss the trial.  Students will also have a chance to discuss the day’s proceedings with attorneys and judges over a complimentary lunch.  For more information and to register, contact Mary C. Huff at 703.279.7217 or mhuff@bklawva.com.  Participants may choose to participate in an essay contest for one of three prizes: $200, $250, and $350.  Essays must be limited to four double-spaced pages in 12 pt Times New Roman or Courier font and must discuss What effects do you believe the United States’ current immigration policy has had on the country?  What changes, if any, would you propose to the United States’ immigration policy moving forward?  Provide your reasoning and how it’s feasible for our country.  Completed essays must be submitted by 28 February to NGrejda@curranmother.com

SAME ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAMP - Vicksburg, Mississippi

9 - 15 June  The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is accepting applications for 40 qualified high school students interested in attending the SAME/Army Engineering and Construction Camp.  Students will engage in hands-on engineering and construction activities under the mentorship and supervision of SAME professionals and other volunteers from the local engineering community.  The program includes interaction with representatives of architecture/engineering firms, construction companies, military leaders, and Corps of Engineers’ employees.  Applicants must be rising Juniors or Seniors who hold U.S. citizenship and have not previously attended a SAME camp.  Completed applications must demonstrate a high school STEM track, leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities, and physical fitness.  Although not required, a 3.2 or better GPA is highly recommended.  Completed applications must also include proof of medical insurance.  There is a $100 registration fee for the camp.  No payment is required until after the final selection.  Campers must then submit half the registration fee to hold their spot.  To apply visit https://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS and follow the directions under the camp application tab.  This is a competitive process and students are selected by the sponsoring Posts.  For more camp information, contact Henry Dulaney, henry.a.dulaney@usace.army.milThe application deadline is 15 March.

SAME ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAMP - Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme, CA

23 - 29 June  The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is accepting applications for 40 qualified high school students interested in attending the US Navy STEM Engineering and Construction Camp.  Students will engage in hands-on engineering and construction activities under the mentorship and supervision of SAME professionals, base commands, and other volunteers from the local engineering community.  Campers live, eat, and complete activities as squads with uniformed service members and STEM-related working professionals.  Applicants must be rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors, who are at least 15 years of age when camp starts, hold U.S. citizenship, and have not previously attended a SAME camp.  Completed applications must demonstrate a high school STEM track, leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities, and physical fitness.  Although not required, a 3.2 or better GPA is highly recommended.  Completed applications must also include proof of medical insurance.  There is a $600 registration fee for the camp.  No payment is required until after the final selection.  Campers must then submit half the registration fee to hold their spot.  If sponsored by a Post, the Post will work with campers on the registration fee and possible transportation costs.  To apply visit https://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS and follow the directions under the camp application tab.  This is a competitive process and students are selected by the sponsoring Posts.  For more camp information, contact Erin Ingersoll, Camp Registrar, at erini@meetingvisions.netThe application deadline is 15 March.

SAME ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAMP – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina

23 - 30 June  The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)- US Marine Corps camp is geared toward students interested in pursuing engineering related studies in college or a service academy and is based on steps professionals encounter when working with a client to deliver sound installation and facilities related products.  Campers live, eat, and complete activities as a squad of 10, under the guidance of a uniformed service member and two STEM related working professionals.  Berthing is provided in Marine Corp barracks, meals are taken at galleys or in the field, and instruction is conducted at various sites aboard MCB Camp Lejeune.  Applicants must be rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors, who are at least 15 years of age when camp starts, hold U.S. citizenship, and have not previously attended a SAME camp.  Completed applications must demonstrate a high school STEM track, leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities, and physical fitness.  Although not required, a 3.2 or better GPA is highly recommended.  Completed applications must also include proof of medical insurance.  There is a $600 registration fee for the camp.  No payment is required until after the final selection.  Campers must then submit half the registration fee to hold their spot.  If sponsored by a Post, the Post will work with campers on the registration fee and possible transportation costs.  Visit https://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS to apply and follow the directions under the camp application tab.  This is a competitive process and students are selected by the sponsoring Posts.  For more camp information, contact Erin Ingersoll, Camp Registrar, at erini@meetingvisions.netThe application deadline is 15 March. 

SAME ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAMP – U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

26 June – 2 July The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is hosting a week long, live-in STEM camp, with full immersion in engineering and STEM activities.  Campers work as teams of 12 to complete engineering tasks in a competitive environment.  Campers are supervised, mentored, coached, led and guided by young STEM professionals and college students in a STEM major.  Applicants must be rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors, who are at least 15 years of age when camp starts, hold U.S. citizenship, and have not previously attended a SAME camp.  Completed applications must demonstrate a high school STEM track, leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities, and physical fitness.  Although not required, a 3.2 or better GPA is highly recommended.  Completed applications must also include proof of medical insurance, and rising Seniors will also need proof of an application to a service academy or ROTC program.  There is a $600 registration fee for the camp.  No payment is required until after the final selection.  Campers must then submit half the registration fee to hold their spot.  If sponsored by a Post, the Post will work with campers on the registration fee and possible transportation costs.  To apply visit https://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS and follow the directions under the camp application tab.  This is a competitive process and students are selected by the sponsoring Posts.  For more camp information, contact Scott Prosuch, sprosuch@earthlink.net or 719.337.0346.  The application deadline is 15 March. 

SAME ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION CAMP – Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

15-20 July 15 - 20 July, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is hosting 40 campers in a hands-on field environment with real engineering activities and challenges.  Applicants must be rising Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors, who are at least 15 years of age when camp starts, hold U.S. citizenship, and have not previously attended a SAME camp.  Completed applications must demonstrate a high school STEM track, leadership characteristics through participation in extra-curricular activities, sports, and/or community activities, and physical fitness.  Although not required, a 3.2 or better GPA is highly recommended.  Completed applications must also include proof of medical insurance, and rising Seniors will also need proof of an application to a service academy or ROTC program.  There is a $600 registration fee for the camp.  No payment is required until after the final selection.  Campers must then submit half the registration fee to hold their spot.  If sponsored by a Post, the Post will work with campers on the registration fee and possible transportation costs.  To apply visit https://www.same.org/STEMCAMPS and follow the directions under the camp application tab.  This is a competitive process and students are selected by the sponsoring Posts.  For more camp information, contact Erin Ingersoll, Camp Registrar, at erini@meetingvisions.netThe application deadline is 15 March. 

**NEW!! INTERNSHIPS

PEPCO HOLDINGS SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM

Washington, DC - Pepco Holdings, Inc. offers a Summer Intern Program to rising Juniors and Seniors focusing on Information Technology and Engineering. The program provides hands-on experience acquired through on-the-job training and an opportunity for participants to work in a corporate environment, gain valuable knowledge, and enhance communication and interpersonal skills.  Applicants must be rising Juniors or Seniors with a 2.5 or better GPA who are able to work a 40-hour week Monday – Friday.  Applicants must also successfully pass a Pre-employment Medical Screening & Background Check (Parental consent form required for interns under 18).  Application readers will be looking for a 3.0 or better GPA, participation in extracurriculars, and participation in STEM Programs.  Positions are available in Delaware, District of Columbia and New Jersey. Housing is not provided.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.pepcoholdings.com/library/templates/interior.aspx?pageid=6442451090.

SMITHSONIAN SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Washington, DC - The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) works to improve the teaching and learning of science for K-12 students throughout the United States.  It develops innovative new curriculum, conducts Summer Science Academies for Teachers at the Smithsonian museums and labs, and fosters science education leadership among school and community leaders.  SSEC offers summer internships for students who are currently enrolled in high school, undergraduate, or graduate programs at a college or university. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.  All interns must successfully complete a Federal background check before their internship begins. Interns may apply to work in one of the following divisions: Professional Services or Curriculum & Communications. Internships are for 10 weeks during the summer.    For more information and to apply, visit https://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/national-science-resources-center-internship-program/.  For questions contact Angela Pritchett at PritchettA@si.edu or 202.633.2284.  The application deadline is 15 March.

**NEW!! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NOAA NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARIES

Ongoing, Silver Spring, MD – The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has several volunteer internship opportunities where participants can work on a variety of projects tailored to meet one’s capacity, availability, and interests. Volunteer internships are open to anyone over the age of 15.  Volunteer opportunities include working on the web and media team, environmental videography, administrative history, legislative affairs, education, and graphic design.  Volunteers will be encouraged to attend marine conservation events, lectures, conferences, and receptions that provide fantastic networking opportunities for career development.  Students will receive credit for their volunteer hours.  Part-time and full-time positions are available, and although the duration of volunteer internships can vary, most typically last at least eight weeks. As these are volunteer positions, stipends are currently unavailable.  For more information and to apply, visit https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/involved/volunteer_future.html.

ROSIE RIVETERS VOLUNTEER SPRING INTERNSHIP

Arlington, VA - Rosie Riveters is a non-profit organization that inspires and motivates elementary and middle school girls to try new STEM skills to help bridge the gender gap currently found in the sciences. Rosie Riveters is seeking high schoolers who would like to share their passion for STEM with younger students. Volunteers will assist with everything from setting up materials to guiding girls as they build projects ranging from tubular science bracelets to solar-powered night lights.  Volunteers will build STEM skills by teaching others, design and present their own Rosie Riveters project, and participate in a workshop on navigating the college search.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.rosieriveters.com/volunteer_internship.  For questions, contact us info@rosieriveters.com.

**NEW!! WORKSHOPS

TRYKA FILM COALITION MONTHLY MEETING

19 January, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 Sponsored by Imagination Stage, Tryka Film Coalition is a student run filmmaking community consisting of high school filmmakers, actors, designers, musicians, and artists in the DMV area.  The Tryka Film Coalition is a teen hub where high school students connect with each other for the purpose of learning about film and making movies.  Tryka hosts meetings where members can network, find cast and crew, work on projects, give and receive feedback on each other's scripts, hear from guest speakers, and attend screenings.  Meetings are free and held once a month, and any high school student is welcome to attend.  For more information, visit https://www.trykafilm.com/ or contact Imagination Stage at trykafilm@gmail.com or 301.280.1660.

**NEW!! SCHOLARSHIPS

1MEDIASTUDIO SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY CONTEST

A $500 scholarship will be offered to one Senior best able to express understanding and show flair for writing in a 1,000-word essay on The Power of Social Media Influencers. Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and be accepted into an accredited college or technical school.  CAUTION: entries will become the property of 1MediaStudio.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.1mediastudio.com/scholarshipDeadline 31 December.

BELVOIR OFFICERS’ SPOUSES’ CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

The Belvoir Officers’ Spouses’ Club provides $1,000 - $3,000 merit-based scholarships to spouses or child-dependents (up to age 23) of an active duty, reserve, guard, retired or family of deceased military personnel (of any service), and any rank.  Applicant or sponsor must reside in the greater Washington Metro Area.  Applicants must plan to attend an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or vocational/technical program for the 2019-20 academic year.  Completed applications include the application, certification letter, two recommendations, most recent transcript, valid PCS orders or DD214, and proof of residency in the greater Washington DC area.  Additional information requested includes educational, employment and community service information, extracurricular activities, awards/honors, any special considerations, and an essay (≤ 750 words) in which you Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school. For details and more information visit Naviance Student or https://www.belvoirspousesclub.org/scholarships.htmlApplications are due 15 February.

BESTCARSEATHUB.COM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

BestCarSeatHub.com scholarship program will award three scholarships of $1,000 - $2,500 for graduating Seniors or college students with a 3.0 or better GPA who will be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located within the U.S.. Completed applications must include a complete application form, an official transcript, proof of enrollment at a U.S. accredited college, and an essay of 2,500 - 3,500 words OR a 5 - 10-minute video answering one of eleven (11) different prompts related to car seat functionality and safety.  CAUTION: Submissions become the property of BestCarSeatHUB.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://bestcarseathub.com/scholarship-program-2019/.  Application deadline is 1 August.

BRESSMAN LAW TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY SCHOLARSHIP

Bressman Law will award $1,000 to a Senior who persevered despite the effects of severe head trauma.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA and be enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college in the U.S.  Completed applications must include the scholarship application form, an official transcript, a documented diagnosis of severe head trauma provided by a licensed healthcare professional, proof of legal U.S. residency, and a one- to three-page essay about your accident and resulting traumatic brain injury, how your life has been affected, the obstacles you’ve encountered and how you’ve surmounted them. Please also include some narrative about plans for your education, for continuing treatment while you pursue that education, if necessary, and the steps you have taken to prepare.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or at https://www.bressmanlaw.com/scholarship/Completed applications are due 15 December.

CECIL AND FLORENE LIMBURG SCHOLARSHIP

The Optimist Club of Central Fairfax announces this annual $1,000 scholarship.  Seniors from Fairfax, Lake Braddock Secondary, Robinson Secondary, Paul VI, and Woodson High Schools who will attend a 2- or 4-year college/university can apply.  This award is based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities and achievements, including community service activities and after-school work, a written essay, and a personal interview.  A completed application must include an official transcript, extracurricular activities, church/community service and/or after-school employment, honors received, leadership responsibilities, and an essay (≤ 500 words) discussing: your major personal and professional goals in life, how you intend to achieve these goals and activities you have done to help you achieve them. For all the details and the application, visit Naviance Student.  Completed applications are due 22 March.

COMMITTEE FOR DULLES COMMUNITY OUTREACH SCHOLARSHIP

The Committee for Dulles Community Outreach will award eight $2,000 Academic Scholarships and two $2,500 Academic and Community Service Scholarships to Seniors who will enroll full- or part-time in an accredited 2- or 4-year college/university or trade school.  Applicants must be an employee, volunteer or a dependent of an employee or volunteer at a business or agency operating in the Washington Dulles Airport community (defined as inside the fence that surrounds airport property).  A completed application must include a teacher recommendation, transcript, scholastic honors, extracurricular activities/employment/community activities demonstrating leadership and commitment, completed application form, and very brief (75-150 word) essays for each prompt: (1) Describe your planned course of studies and educational goals, and why you have selected this field.  (2) Describe how you have demonstrated leadership and/or community service, both in and out of school.  (3) What else would you like to tell the selection committee about yourself? The scholarship must commence within 12 months of the scholarship award or the scholarship award will be forfeited (no gap years).  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.committeefordulles.org/outreach/Completed applications must be received by 3 April.

ESPERANZA EDUCATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP

The Esperaza Education Fund awards scholarships of $5,000-$20,000 to Seniors or recent GED recipients from high schools in the DC Metro area with financial need who are immigrants or have two immigrant parents.  Applicants must include an intention to enroll full-time at an accredited 2- or 4-year public college/university in the year of the award and the family income must be under $100,000 in 2018.  Selection is based on hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academics, leadership, and community service.  A completed application must include extracurriculars, two recommendations, a transcript, and two essays of up to 500 words each: In the first essay, describe your experience as an immigrant or a child of immigrants or how you exhibit one or more qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community.  Please choose one of the following prompts for your second essay: (1) What are your career goals and why? How do you intend to achieve these goals? (2) What have you done that you are most proud of and why? (3) Describe a typical day in your life. (4) If you could solve one issue in the world, the country, or your community, what would it be and how would you contribute to solving it?  Finalists must interview, provide a transcript, and ACT/SAT test scores if their college requires one.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or http://www.esperanzafund.org/about-our-scholarship/.  Completed applications must be submitted online by 1 April.

HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides merit scholarships of $500 - $5,000 to Seniors and college students of Hispanic heritage who plan to enroll full time at an accredited four-year college/university or in a transfer program at a two-year college.  Applicants may plan any major though there will be an emphasis on STEM majors.  Although the award is a merit award, the amount of the actual award may be based on need.  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen, and Seniors must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  A completed application must include a transcript and copy of the SAR from your FAFSA filing.  Get all the details in Naviance Student and at https://www.hsf.net/en_US/scholarship. Completed applications are due 15 February.

IRA DORSEY SCHOLARSHIP

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter’s Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund will award up to $1,500 to deserving male Seniors that live within the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan area who possess a 2.5 or better GPA and plan to attend a four year college or university. Completed applications must include an official transcript, recommendations from a teacher/counselor and a community member, a high quality photo, the expected family contribution determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and an essay discussing: What is the importance of the college major you plan to pursue and how will it serve you as a leader in your community? Explain how a college education will empower you and/or others of your generation, both personally and collectively, to affect meaningful change in your community and society. For more information, visit Naviance Student or http://idsef.apaxal.com/scholarship-application/. Completed applications are due 6 April.

JOYCE AND THOMAS MOOREHEAD FOUNDATION

The Joyce and Thomas Moorehead Foundation will award up to $2,000 in scholarships. A completed application must include a typed/handwritten application, a transcript, ACT/SAT and AP test scores, a counselor evaluation form, work/volunteer history, extracurricular activities, honors, and skills, and a 500-word essay discussing: If your advice was a gift that you could give to the underclassmen in your high school, what would you share and how would you deliver it?  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.themooreheadfoundation.org/how-to-apply-2Completed applications are due 30 April.

NAVY FAMILY SCHOLARSHIPS BY NOSC

Naval Officers’ Spouses Club (NOSC) of Washington, D.C. will award merit-based scholarships to Seniors and spouses within the Navy District Washington (NDW) who are dependents of a USN officer or enlisted service member active duty, retired personnel, or deceased. Applicants plan to be a full-time student at an accredited institution, a visual or performing arts school, or a vocational/technical school for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and, if applicable, possess a valid military dependent identification card.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, school involvement, and community engagement.    Completed applications must include extracurriculars, honors, leadership, community service, an official high school transcript, transcript for dual enrollment courses if applicable, signed privacy statement, signed publicity statement, high school information sheet, a recommendation from a teacher, and a 500-word essay that describe(s) your experiences as a Navy dependent. What were some of the benefits and/or challenges? How has being a dependent helped you to deal with difficult issues in your life? More information is available on Naviance Student or at https://noscdc.org. Completed applications are due 1 April.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA URBAN LEAGUE SCHOLARSHIP

The Northern Virginia Urban League will award six - ten $5,000 scholarships for African-American Seniors graduating from public or private schools in Northern Virginia.  Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship, have a 3.5 or better GPA, and plan to attend college full-time to earn a bachelors degree.  Completed applications must include interview, three or more recommendations (including counselor and teacher), an official transcript, activities list, photograph, demonstrated leadership, and essay (≤ 500 words) discussing: Is there an actual difference that leads males and females to be interested in the STEM fields or is that simply a social construct?  (b)The term STEM has evolved to STEAM to include art.  Do you think that is a good idea?  Explain your answers. Further information and an application is available in Naviance Student.  Completed applications must be received by 4 pm, 15 February.

PETER WILLIAMS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Old Town Alexandria Connections honors the memory of Peter Williams with a scholarship of $500 for Seniors attending school in Alexandria City or Fairfax County with an Alexandria address who demonstrate an understanding of the responsibility business leaders owe the community in which they work.  Completed applications must include a hard copy of the application, activities, leadership, community service, a recommendation, an official transcript, an essay (up to 500 words) on one of three topics: [1] What type of responsibility do business leaders owe the community in which they work?  What are some effective ways to express and reflect that responsibility back to this Alexandria community?  [2] Is networking with other business people important to business success?  If you feel that it is not important, please express why.  If you believe that it is important, please express how networking can most effectively be done in today’s world, especially in light of social media, global markets and computer-assisted communication. [3] What is the most pressing issue facing Alexandria and the surrounding geographic area today?  What do you think the business community can do in regard to this issue?  Please provide concrete examples, and an optional statement of 250 words on anything you feel the committee should know.  Get more information and an application in Naviance Student or at www.otacnetworking.com/Completed applications are due 28 February.

PMI Educational Foundation Academic Scholarship

The Silver Spring Chapter of PMIEF awards scholarships of up to $2,500 to metro DC area Seniors or college students enrolled in or applying to an accredited project management degree program or a related field benefiting from project management, at an academic degree-granting program.  Although not required, a preference will be given to students in programs in the National Capital Area.  A completed application must include personal information, a transcript, resume, two references, and a short essay.  Applicants will be assessed on previous academic performance and the alignment of a candidate’s coursework with approved programs of study, or programs pertinent to the project management field.  Registration is required to view all scholarship details.  More information is available in Naviance Student or at https://pmief.org/scholarships/scholarship-directory/pmi-silver-spring-chapter-scholarshipCompleted applications must be received by 1 May.

QUE LLUEVA CAFE SCHOLARSHIP

Chicano Organizing and Research in Education (CORE) sponsors scholarships of $500 for undocumented or DACA high school or GED graduates enrolling at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the first time in 2019-2020.  Applicants’ personal story, including need and compelling challenges, extracurricular involvement, and academic promise are important for selection.  A completed application must include an extracurricular activity list, one or two recommendations, your most current high school transcript, and a personal statement (≤ 1000 words) which includes: a description of financial need, a personal statement of undocumented or DACA status, and a response to only one of these prompts: (a) Provide an autobiography that includes your dreams, hopes, and aspirations.(b)How would you describe your high school experience and what do you expect to gain by enrolling in college? (c)What is your greatest motivation for attending college next year? (d) Think about an oral story passed on to you that constitutes important life lessons.  How has that oral story impacted you, shaped you or otherwise informed your understanding of life thus far?  For more information, visit Naviance Student or http://www.ca-core.org/que_llueva_cafe_scholarship_programApplication deadline is 2 March.

TEAM DC STUDENT-ATHLETE SCHOLARSHIP

Team DC awards scholarships of up to $2,000 to self-identified LGBT Senior Student Athletes or college students living within the Metro DC area (including Fairfax County) and planning to attend an accredited 2- or 4- year college/university full-time during the 2019-20 academic year.  Applicants must demonstrate active involvement in interscholastic athletics or competitive club sports (see list) and whose participation has enhanced the perception of the LGBT community.  A completed application must include an official transcript, verification of college acceptance, two references, a SAR  (optional, from your FAFSA filing), and a personal essay (≤ 1,500 words) discussing how being open about your sexual orientation or gender identity has impacted your participation and involvement in athletics, school life, and life outside of school.  In addition, detail your future goals and aspirations.  If awarded a scholarship, acceptance grants permission to use the recipient’s name in the organization’s publications and announcements.  For more details and to download an application visit www.teamdcsports.com/scholarships or Naviance Student. Deadline to apply is 22 February. 

VICPAS SCHOLARSHIP

VICPAS awards a $1,000 scholarship to a student accepted to or enrolled in a college/university, or trade school who writes an essay on touch screens of the future.  Application includes transcript showing GPA, proof of acceptance/attendance at a university, and an essay of 800-1200 words on this topic Use your own imagination to imagine the application of touch screens in the future.  The application of the touch screen in AI technology, write down what you can imagine.  What device have you touched with a touch screen.  Write down your feelings and thoughts when using (touch screens).  Visit Naviance Student or https://www.vicpas.com/oid1743076/Scholarship.htm for more information.  Completed applications are due 31 December.

VIRGINIA MAYFLOWER SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Virginia Mayflower Society sponsors a scholarship of $1,620 for a Senior or college student who resides in Virginia OR is related to a Virginia resident or to a member of the Virginia Mayflower Society.  Eligibility requirements include 3.0 minimum GPA and sponsorship by a teacher or a member of the Virginia Mayflower Society.  Application includes a brief resume, a letter from your sponsor including sponsor’s and applicant's full contact information, a 7th semester transcript, and an original essay (≤ 1,500 words) discussing: The Pilgrims who arrived in 1620 (the Plymouth Colony) and the Puritans who began arriving in 1630 (the Massachusetts Bay Colony) operated independently until 1691.  The policies of the two colonies concerning acquiring the land of Native Americans were very different.  What were the differences and what caused those differences?  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://virginiamayflower.org/scholarship. Completed applications must be received by 20 March.

WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN CHAPTER COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE (WMCCAI) ESSAY CONTEST – The WMCCAI awards a scholarship of at least $1,000 to a Senior in the Washington D.C. metro area living within a community (e.g. a neighborhood, HOA, condo association, or co-op) who writes the best essay.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a recommendation from a school counselor or community association leader in the community where you reside, and an original essay (500-700 words) discussing: If you were a community association board member, what changes would you like to see in your community and how would you implement them?  Provide examples you think would improve your community and how you would implement them. Include the name of the community association within the essay, if applicable. Caution: submissions become the property of WMCCAI.  For more information, visit Naviance Student or https://www.caidc.org/scholarship-program/.  Completed applications are due 31 March.

COMPILATIONS

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COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIRS

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COLLEGE REP VISITS CALENDAR

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CURRENT & LOCAL FINANCIAL AID OPPORTUNITIES

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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ENRICHMENT & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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INTERNSHIP and APPRENTICESHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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WORKSHOPS

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